College Players of the Week, Oct. 25-31
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James White, Georgia Tech
An opening-round 62 at the GC of Georgia's Lakeside course, a competitive course record and the second lowest score in Yellow Jacket history, allowed the junior from Acworth, Ga., to be well on his way to a wire-to-wire victory at the U.S. Collegiate. He ultimately finished the tournament with a 12-under 204, five strokes better than USC's T.J. Vogel.
"It's my home course and I just love this place," White said of his record-setting first round, which included six birdies on the first seven holes on the back nine. "It's just great to play good in front of everybody."
White's performance helped Georgia Tech cruise to the team total, shooting a 28-under 836 and beating runner-up UCLA 27 strokes.
Honorable mention: Harold Varner, East Carolina
The junior broke the Pirates 54-hole scoring record by five strokes when he shot a 20-under 196 to win the ODU/Outer Banks Intercollegiate by nine strokes. Varner shot rounds of 65-66-66 while the field average for the tournament was 74.3. The Pirates also cruised to the team title
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Emily Tubert, Arkansas
Three tournaments into her freshman season with the Razorbacks, the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion now holds the school's 18- and 54-hole scoring records. Tubert posted a nine-under 63 in the first round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Boulder Creek GC outside Las Vegas. The score matched the NCAA record for low 18-hole round in relation to par and was three strokes lower than UA's previous best of 66 shot by Stacy Lewis.
Two days later, Tubert finshed up the event at 11-under 205, two strokes lower than Arkansas' previous best tournament total, a record also held by Lewis. Additionally, she claimed her second individual title of the fall season.
"Emily is just taking care of business," said Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor, whose squad claimed the team title in Vegas as well. "She is soaking in everything we're teaching her and putting it into play on the golf course. She did an awesome job. It's a fantastic start for a freshman to win two of her first three collegiate tournaments. It's an indication of what's to come for this young lady."
Honorable mention: Leigh Whittaker, College of Charleston
Back-to-back 67s to open the Palmetto Intercollegiate not only allowed the junior to set and then match the school's 18-hole scoring mark, but it also allowed her to claim medalist honors at Oak Point GC in Kiawah Island, S.C., with an 11-under 205.